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These resources can also help teachers create inclusive classrooms and implement the principles of Universal Design for Learning. REWORDIFY
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One of the most innovative websites to be developed in the last several years, is a free online tool that helps improve students’ reading comprehension in multiple ways. First, a user pastes or imports text into a text box on the site. Rewordify then analyzes this text, looking for words and phrases that may be difficult to understand. Once the site locates difficult or problematic language, it replaces it with simpler words to aid students’ understanding. The Rewordifying Engine{: target="_blank" rel="nofollow” } includes multiple settings so that users can choose from several reading levels. Users can click on the replacement words to display either the original, more difficult language or individual words’ definitions (in a variety of forms — in the margins, in separate columns, or superimposed over the initial version of the text). Students also have the option of reading the original and replaced words with built-in text-to- speech functionality for auditory reinforcement. After Rewordify identifies the difficult words and phrases, it provides students with a series of activities to help them learn new vocabulary. One way it does this is by collecting troublesome text in a series of flashcards (which also offer integrated text-to-speech). The site can also administer quizzes in different formats (e.g., word bank, matching) to aid in the learning process. Finally, Rewordify has a collection of classic literature (like Shakespeare’s plays) and historic documents (like the Declaration of Independence) that students can access, read, and better understand by using the site’s unique comprehension tools. SNAP&READ UNIVERSAL{: TARGET="_BLANK" REL="NOFOLLOW” } Created for students and teachers, Snap&Read Universal is a Google Chrome extension that reads language aloud (including text on Flash-based websites that typically can’t be copied and pasted) using integrated text-to-speech with synchronized highlighting. To aid in reading comprehension, Snap&Read allows students to use a text-leveling tool similar to the one found on Students can select text that they have a hard time understanding, and the Web browser extension will identify and replace difficult words with simpler ones. The level of linguistic complexity can be adjusted in the Options tab. In addition, Snap&Read has a unique outlining tool that can also help with reading comprehension. After it is activated, students can highlight the main ideas of a reading, and those passages are automatically extracted and placed into an outline located in the browser’s sidebar that can be easily edited. The outline can then be dragged and dropped into a word processor, like Google Docs, for students to integrate into a reading summary.
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  • Fall '19
  • Comunicación, Computadora, Sitio web, Navegador web, Wit, En línea

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